Center for Interpretive and Qualitative Research
(CIQR -- "seeker")*

Meeting Date:  January 27 (Thurs.), 2011, 4:30-6:00 PM, 640 College HallCollege Hall, Duquesne University

Presenter:  Doug Harper
Bio:  Doug Harper is one of the first sociologists to consistently develop a visual approach to studying and understanding society. He has published five visual ethnographies (two co-authored) at the University of Chicago Press, on migrant labor, agricultural change, post-colonial migration in Hong Kong, and most recently, on the meaning of food in family life in Italy. He has also edited or co-edited five other books that develop the emerging field of visual sociology. He is the founding editor of the journal Visual Studies, now in its twenty-second volume. His forthcoming book Visual Sociology is the first to offer an overview of visual sociology as a method, a subject matter and an approach to teaching. He has presented more than a hundred papers at universities including Harvard, Yale, Cornell, University of Rome, University of Amsterdam, and the National Museum of Switzerland, and has published numerous papers, chapters, reviews and essays. He has also exhibited his photographs internationally and is now working on his second documentary film, a collaborative project with six Duquesne students and Professor Maggie Patterson of the Department of Journalism and Media Arts. 

Title: "The Visual Turn in Sociology"
AbstractThis paper, illustrated with images, discusses the emergence and development of a visual approach in sociology, but with references to documentary photography, visual anthropology, postmodern critiques of empirical sociology, collaborative field methods, and cultural studies. This overview is derived from the book Visual Sociology, to be published in 2011 by Routledge. While my comments are centered in sociology, they are relevant to the social sciences in general and to qualitative methods in all disciplines.

All interested faculty, graduate students, and other parties are invited.  Refreshments will be served.

For inquiries concerning CIQR, please contact the Center Coordinator, Fred Evans, Dept. of Philosophy,, 412-396-6507, or access the CIQR website, .

*The Center has been officially approved by the Dean of the College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts, The Graduate Council of the College, and the Council of Deans for the University.  It is based in the College but open to members of all the schools of the University.  It includes interpretive and qualitative research in both the humanities and the social and behavioral sciences (including the practice of the latter in Nursing, Education, Occupational Therapy and other professional schools).